Top Honors in Law Fair Competition

Fourth graders in the Westfield Public School District’s gifted education program recently placed first in the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Law Fair Competition for grades 3-8.

The Westfield team placed in the third-grade category, as they wrote “The Case of the Stolen Fossils: State of New York v. Thei Ve Rev” when they were in the third grade.  Due to the competition submission date, the students do not submit their work until the following January when they are in fourth grade.

“The students were invited and presented their winning case remotely to representatives of the Law Center on May 24,” says gifted program teacher Esther Van Riper who attended the virtual competition along with parents and other family members.

Van Riper says the virtual case was presided over by retired justice Honorable Travis L. Francis, who served for 25 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey and as the Assignment Judge of Middlesex County.

First Place- "The Case of the Stolen Fossils: State of New York v. Thei Ve Rey"

  • Lucas Basta, Franklin 
  • Timothy Carolan, Wilson 
  • Jalen Fan, Tamaques 
  • Sophie Hohlfeld, Washington
  • Charlotte Janson, Washington
  • Lucas Lai, Tamaques
  • Clara Matus, McKinley
  • Brian Ou, Tamaques
  • Aaro Rouvinen, Franklin
  • Raghav Shukla, Franklin
  • Siya Singla, Franklin
  • Karl Westerling, Franklin

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) invites students in grades 3-12 to submit original mock trial court cases that they have created to the Law Fair Competition. Under the guiding philosophy, that "informed citizens are better citizens," the NJSBF aims to educate people in New Jersey about their rights and responsibilities under the law. 

Source: Westfield Public Schools